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Welcome to the website for the new book –

Firework Displays: Explosive Entertainment

A guide to getting the most from your firework display for designers, firers and event organisers

Principal author – Dr Tom Smith- CarnDu Ltd

Click here and then click “look inside” to view the Table of contents, 1st Chapter and Index from the finished book.

This new book, with over 180 illustrations and over 50 tables of data, is designed for firework display firers, designers and event organisers of outdoor events using firework to enable them to get the most from the fireworks they use and to learn about planning of the events that they do now and in the future. It will also be useful, we hope, to the designers of such events and also event producers – if nothing more than to assist them in taking a common language to the firers!

The core readership of the book will be that wide variety of people who use fireworks in more than just a domestic way.  This covers the enthusiastic amateur firer who wants to get the most from the fireworks they are legally able to purchase all the way up to the seasoned professional who would all benefit from having more information about the ways other people plan and use fireworks to the greatest effect.

The book begins with a chapter on the history of firework displays and then describes in detail the types of firework, firework effects, and types of displays.  In these sections there is much general information to set the scene for the following chapters which form the “meat” of the book and includes many newly drawn diagrams of firework types and descriptions of the effects that are produced both from an aesthetic and from a safety point of view.

The next part of the book includes sections on display safety, risk assessment, fallout issues and the planning and rigging of the display site itself.  These include an extended chapter on the research on mortar rack safety.

The next sections focus on getting the most from the display – display design and choosing the appropriate fireworks including basic colour theory and the authors’ design philosophies.   There are also sections on electric firing, and the synchronisation of fireworks and music.

Inevitably and properly there are sections on legal issues, International standards and the environmental effects of fireworks as well as a chapter on what happens when things do not go to plan.

The book concludes with chapters highlighting case studies of displays, small and large, that the author has been involved with over the last 20 years and the likely developments in fireworks and displays in the near future.

Tom Smith is well known in the firework industry, having worked at Kimbolton Fireworks in the UK for 10 years before setting up an independent explosive consultancy and working around the World as pyrotechnic consultant to the Athens Olympics, the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, the London Millennium and London New Year’s Eve displays – each of which is discussed within the case study section of the book.

Other contributors are Darryl Fleming, Tom’s successor at Kimbolton Fireworks, Chris Pearce and Andy Wiggins from Jubilee Fireworks, Rodney Clarke from FireOne, Martin Smith (Tom’s brother and in charge of one of the largest November 5th celebrations in the UK), Jim Donald (Producer of the London New Year’s Eve displays for many years), Andrew Walsh (Founder of Accolade Events in Australia and producer of many of the World’s largest events) and Murray Torrible (whose firm Precision Broking insures many of the World’s largest display companies).

This website contains supplementary information for the book including:

There are also links to other websites of interest to the reader and links to where to purchase the electronic and hard copy editions of this book

** NEW **  A 3 day lecture course, based on the book, is now available – further details click here

ISBN-13/EAN: 9780820600642 – Click to go to order page

ISBN: 0820600644

Book: Black and White Hardback

Pub Date: September 2011

Pages: 406

Price: $140.00

ISBN-13/EAN: 9780820600901 – Click to go to order page

ISBN: 0820600903

Book: Full Color Hardback

Pub Date: September 2011

Pages: 406

Price: $180.00

ISBN-13/EAN: 9780820600918 – Link available shortly

ISBN: 0820600911

Book: eBook

Pub Date: September 2011

Pages: 406

Price: $125.00

For more information on Ordering please click here

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